Bryan Bullington's bid to make the Toronto Blue Jays' opening day roster was curtailed when the right-hander was outrighted to Triple-A Monday.

Bullington, a 1999 Madison graduate, was picked up by the Blue Jays off waivers in the offseason and was considered in the running for Toronto's fifth-spot in the rotation. He pitched two shutout innings Sunday while earning the win in relief for the Jays, but was sent to the minor league camp on Monday.

The move in all likelihood means Bullington will begin the 2009 season in Triple-A, playing for the Blue Jays' Pacific Coast League affliate in Las Vegas. He spent most of the last four seasons in Triple-A, with the Indianapolis Indians and the Buffalo Bisons, both of the International League.

Bullington was the top-overall pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2002 draft out Ball State and quickly rose through the farm system, reaching the majors in 2005. But shoulder surgery forced him to miss the entire 2006 season.

He returned and pitched well in 2007, returning to the majors late in the season where he started two games. Last season, the Pirates called him up in June but did not use him in the two weeks he was with the big club. He was released shortly thereafter in a roster move.

Picked up off waivers by Cleveland, Bullington spent most of the rest of the season with the Indians' Triple-A team in Buffalo. He returned to majors late in the season for a couple of spot starts but was placed on waivers following the season.